National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Jug Jug
Rendered by George Loughridge (artist), c. 1938
watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil on paper
overall: 37.9 x 45.8 cm (14 15/16 x 18 1/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 16" High
Index of American Design
1943.8.7365
Not on View
From the Tour: Pottery from the Index of American Design
Object 8 of 17

Late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century stoneware was generally bulbous in profile. The bulging egg shape of this jug was a common form before 1840. Early stoneware was decorated simply, usually with an incised design. It became increasingly common to enhance the incised decoration with blue slip, painted on before firing and glazing. Cobalt blue is the characteristic color of stoneware decoration. The bow knot design that appears on this piece was a favored motif of Thomas Commeraw, a potter who made stoneware between 1802 and 1820 at Corlear's Hook, near New York. Notice that the jug is marked with his name and the location of his pottery, a frequent practice in the nineteenth century.

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